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General Assembly of the Union of European Conferences of Major Superiors in Fatima

08/02/2006: Portugal

The Francisco y Jacinta Marto Spirituality Centre, in Fatima, Portugal , will welcome the General Assembly of the Union of European Conferences of Major Superiors (UCESM) from the 6th to the 12th February, based on the theme “Religious life today: our spiritual life faced with European challenges.”

Members of forty-two Conferences or Unions will participate in this gathering, representing around 400,000 religious from twenty-six countries in Europe
The central theme of the meeting will be covered by two presenters: Mark Rotsaert, a Jesuit who is the president of the Conference of European Provincials and whose topic will be “For a religious life in Europe in 2006” and Enrica Rosanna, a Salesian sister and assistant secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA), who will talk on “The challenges of religious life in Europe.”

Also invited to the gathering are representatives from European and international ecclesial institutions, such as the Union of Superiors General (USG), the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), the Council of the European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE). Likewise, the Patriarch of Lisbon, the president of the Episcopal Conference of Portugal and the Bishop of Fatima will come to the meeting to preside at the Eucharist

Members of the Solidarity Action by German Catholics with central and eastern Europe (RENOVABIS), the Australian Conference of Superiors of Religious Institutes (ACLRI), the regional Union of Conferences of Major Superiors from west francophone Africa, the Union of Religious Superiors of the Holy Land (USRTS) and a representation of contemplative religious sisters from Poland will also be present.

The German religious, August Hülsmann, priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Reparative Fathers) and President of the Conference of Religious in Germany (VDO) is currently the President of UCESM, a position that was previously held by Jesús Mª Lecea, a Piarist Father who is currently their Superior General. The Vice-President of UCESM is the Hungarian religious sister, María Adrien Paco, President of the Conference of Religious Sisters of Hungary (FSZK), and one of the councillors who will also talk to the whole gathering is the Dominican George Frendo, President of the Conference of Religious of Albania.

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